Where are we now?
The trials outlined in this article took place in the East region in early 2020. Following the success of the mobile mapping project, a larger pilot was then undertaken on a selection of priority schemes, nationally, in the summer of 2020.
KOREC was delighted to work closely with both National Highways (NH) and Mott MacDonald to then develop a routine (including Artificial Intelligence (AI) ) to quickly identify the condition of the roads from the mobile mapping data. The objective of this was to inform the investment requirements for the next period with regards to concrete road repair and renewal.
After proving that this method worked well, in 2021 KOREC worked with AECOM to survey fifty different concrete repair and renewal schemes, nationally, providing the data to Motts for AI defect extraction and then subsequently to AECOM to develop a grading and deterioration model. This model would enable the identification of which sections of road needed priority attention as well as the overall repair requirements.
Portal remains key
All data is uploaded in the KOREC Portal so that it can be accessed by NH and AECOM. It has also been shared with all the contractors on the Concrete Roads framework to better inform the design and construction process.
KOREC has continued to work closely with NH to further develop the portal so that it can be used for design and repair supervision on site using KOREC Capture field software and Trimble Catalyst (low-cost cm accuracy GNSS). All contractors now have this field system and are actively using it to improve efficiencies.